Local Flavor in the NBA: Lillard shines; Fredette sits

The 2014-15 NBA season is coming to a close and it has been very eventful for those players with Utah ties. There have been big performances, new teams and national recognition. There have also been sporadic minutes, undefined roles and even a few players who got waived.

Here is a look at how our local favorites have performed so far this season.

Andre Miller, Utah, Sacramento Kings

Since he was moved to the Sacramento Kings at the trade deadline, Miller has stepped in and done a nice job as the backup point guard. His minutes and production have also taken a significant jump under coach George Karl.

His best performance recently came in a seven-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks when he scored a season-high 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-2 from 3-point land to go along with seven assists, two rebounds and a steal.

On the season, he has appeared in 75 games and is averaging 4.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes. In 24 games with the Kings, he is averaging 5.7 points, 4.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut is one of the unsung heroes of the Golden State Warriors this season. He is a key figure on the defensive side of the ball who can still get it done on the glass and finish at the rim.

His best showing in recent weeks came in a 14-point win over the Portland Trail Blazers when he had 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor with 16 rebounds, six assists and a steal.

On the season, he has appeared in 62 games and is averaging 6.3 points on 56.1 percent shooting as well as 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 blocks in 23.6 minutes.

C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Los Angeles Clippers

Wilcox has struggled to find meaningful minutes so far this season for the playoff bound Los Angeles Clippers. He has played double figure minutes in a game just twice under coach Doc Rivers.

His most impressive game of late came in a 31-point win over the New York Knicks when he recorded six points on the strength of a 2-for-3 shooting performance from 3-point range. He added a steal and a blocked shot in 7:32 of action.

On the season, he has made 21 appearances and is averaging two points on 42.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the free-throw line in 4.8 minutes.

Ronnie Price, UVU, Los Angles Lakers

Price has been on the shelf since he underwent elbow surgery in late February. Before the season-ending surgery, He was having one of his better individual seasons in the league.

His best game of the year came in a 10-point win over Golden State in late December when he totaled 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-7 from distance. He added eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30:34 of action.

On the season, he appeared in 43 games (20 starts), and averaged 5.1 points, 3.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 22.8 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans

Fredette has seen very limited minutes of late as the Pelicans are making a push for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. In fact, he has played in just four of the last 16 games.

His most productive game during that stretch came in a 16-point loss to the Golden State Warriors when he finished with 10 points on 2-for-5 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 23:29.

On the season, he has appeared in 48 games and is averaging 3.7 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 95.6 percent from the free-throw line with 1.2 assists in 10.5 minutes.

Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Minnesota Timberwolves

Hamilton has been extremely productive since he landed with the Timberwolves, proving that sometimes all a player needs is the right fit to be successful. He has seen plenty of time on the court and has taken full advantage.

His best game with the Timberwolves came in a 14-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder when he registered 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in 33:52.

On the season, he has appeared in 35 games (nine starts) and is averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.2 minutes. In 11 games with Minnesota, he is averaging 10.5 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the floor with five rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and a block in 25.3 minutes.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard has played a huge role in the success of the 50-27 Trail Blazers and has shown that he is one of the best young point guards in the game today.

He has had some big performances in the last few weeks, including a huge effort in a losing effort to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. In the 10-point loss, he finished with 36 points on 14-for-26 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range. He added four rebounds and two assists in 38:46.

On the season, the two-time all-star is averaging a career-high 21.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 35.9 minutes.


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